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Edgar Adams

Full name: Edgar Holmes Adams
Gender: Male
Born: April 7, 1868 in [unknown], Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 5, 1940 in Bayville, New York, United States
Affiliations: NYAC, New York (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Swimming

Medals: 1 Silver (1 Total)

Biography

Edgar Holmes swam at the 1904 Olympics but he is best known as a journalist, editor, coin dealer and collector, and an author on numismatics. His interest in coins was piqued in the 1870s and 1880s as a child, when he saw the design of several new coins. In 1880 he was severely injured when a shotgun blast accidentally hit him in the leg, leaving him with difficulty walking and requiring use of a cane for the rest of his life. To overcome this disability he took up swimming for exercise. Adams joined up with the Bath Beach Swimming Club and later swam for the Human Fish Club and the New York Athletic Club. He won the Metropolitan AAU Championship for plunging from 1902-05.

After the 1904 Olympics, Adams began writing a column on hobbies, especially coin and stamp collecting, for New York newspapers. He also began publishing articles in The Numismatist. He later became the editor and publisher of this magazine. He also worked in the newspaper trade early in his life as a compositor. Adams became prominent in the American Numismatic Association (ANA), serving on the Board of Governors. He declined election as a vice-president, which would have led to his becoming president. He also served on the Membership Committee of the New York Numismatic Club in 1910, and was a member of the Pacific Coast Numismatic Society, and the Chicago Numismatic Society. In addition to his journal articles, Adams later wrote several books on coin collecting. In 1969 the ANA named Edgar Adams to its Hall of Fame.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming Men's 220 yard Freestyle United States USA 4
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming Men's 880 yard Freestyle United States USA 4
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming Men's One Mile Freestyle United States USA AC DNF
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming Men's 4 × 50 Yard Freestyle Relay New York Athletic Club #2-4 USA 4
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming Men's Plunge For Distance United States USA 2 Silver

Men's 220 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 4

Men's 880 yard Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 4

Men's One Mile Freestyle

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming United States Final AC DNF

Men's 4 × 50 Yard Freestyle Relay

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming New York Athletic Club #2-4 USA Final 4

Men's Plunge For Distance

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank D
1904 Summer 36 St. Louis Swimming United States Final 2 17.52
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